More with Martin
by Lexi Berkowitz, Marilyn.ca
She’s known for her roles in ‘SCTV’ and ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ as well as on Broadway, but now comedienne, Andrea Martin, can add author to her list of accomplishments. Martin’s new book ‘Lady Parts,’ is a collection of autobiographic essays, stories and diary entries that span the actress’s career.
The unusual title is all thanks to a famous friend. “I couldn’t think of a title so I called Nathan Lane,” she says and thus, ‘Lady Parts’ was born. Other famous friends had the privilege of reading the book before its release, like Tina Fey, who sent a complimentary blurb for the cover. Even though Martin had to decline the opportunity to portray Fey’s mother on ’30 Rock’ due to scheduling conflicts there are clearly no hard feelings.
Martin felt the book writing process was a completely different experience compared to writing for television. Reading her stories aloud to a pretend audience in her living room helped her find her voice and ease the transition between sketch writing and novel writing.
The stories encompass not only the humourous moments, but delve deeper into Martin’s struggles, like bulimia. At first Martin was unsure of whether to include her experience in the book, but was urged on by her editor to share. Her sons were unaware of her past disorder, but she finally realized that “it was for them,” to learn a little more about her as a person, not just Mom.
Martin will be bringing her token enthusiasm to stages and theatres around the world in the near future! In addition to her book, Martin will be touring with her Broadway play, ‘Pippin,’ to San Francisco and LA. She’ll also be starring in the sequel to the cult classic ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’